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FIFA bans three more Salvadoran players for match fixing

October 22, 2013|By Kevin Baxter

FIFA, world's soccer's governing body, has imposed global bans on three more Salvadoran players, bringing to 19 the number suspended for their role in match-fixing.

The players were not identified but one was banned for six months, a second for a year and third for five years.

During the suspension the players are prohibited from engaging in any soccer-related activities.

Earlier this month FIFA announced 16 global sanctions, including 14 lifetime bans. The penalties were handed down after a probe into numerous international matches including El Salvador's 5-0 loss to Mexico in the 2011 Gold Cup and a 2-1 loss to the U.S. in a 2010 friendly.

National team matches involving El Salvador's U-20 team were also investigated.

Salvadoran authorities shut down the senior national team program during their investigation.

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